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Sharia versus the Convention on Human Rights: protect human rights regardless of religious practices

The committee is greatly concerned that Sharia law, including provisions clearly contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights, is applied officially or unofficially in several Council of Europe member states. More

Deprivation of nationality as an anti-terror measure may be ‘at odds with human rights’

The deprivation of nationality in the context of counter-terrorism strategies is “a drastic measure which can be extremely socially divisive” and may be “at odds with human rights”, according to the committee. More

Yves Cruchten and Ria Oomen-Ruijten condemn executions in Belarus

The General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty and the Chairperson of the Political Affairs Committee, have strongly condemned the execution of Syamyon Berazhny and Ihar Hershankou. More

Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination: rapporteur visits Malta

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) Pieter Omtzigt, who is preparing a report on “Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law, in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges”, arrives in Malta today for a fact-finding visit. More

PACE rapporteur reacts to abduction and abuse of Oleg Kozlovsky in Ingushetia

“I am outraged by the abduction and violent abuse of Oleg Kozlovsky, apparently by the Ingushetian police. Russia must urgently investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Mr Schwabe. More

Committee again urges Russia to release Ukrainian citizens detained on politically-motivated charges

PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has again urged Russia to release all Ukrainian citizens detained on its territory or in Crimea on “politically motivated or fabricated charges”. More